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Engineer Speaker Series | Innovative Retaining Wall Systems
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Engineer Speaker Series | Innovative Retaining Wall Systems

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Innovative retaining wall systems offer new options, applications and solutions for Infrastructure projects. Many of these ground-breaking systems are being tried and tested on current projects in Australia and around the world.

In this webinar, our international speakers will discuss how these innovative systems are positively impacting the way engineers design and construct modern retaining walls. They will explain the current design challenges, provide insights into the evaluation of competing systems, reasons for selection/application of materials and share local and global case studies on retaining wall structures referencing real-world examples. Specifically, the Barangaroo Project in New South Wales we be used as the main case study.

The Barangaroo Project is one of Sydney’s most exciting infrastructure projects, spanning from 2003 – 2024. The projects focus is to reinvent the western waterfront of Sydney’s’ central business district and to transform East Darling Harbour into a new urban district. One key feature of this redevelopment is the two kilometres of retaining walls at Barangaroo Headland Park.

Key Takeaways

Innovative retaining wall designs
Evaluations of current geo-grid retaining wall systems
Application of modern retaining wall system
Case Study: The Barangaroo Project
Preliminary Program
6.00 pm – 6.05 pm Welcome Address
6.05 pm – 7.15 pm Presentations and Discussion
7.15 pm – 7.30 pm Online audience Q&A

Guest Speakers
Robert Race, PE, MBA
Race Engineering and Associates

Robert is an experienced engineering executive with a background in civil and geotechnical engineering. Robert is currently the owner of Race Engineering and Associates in Minneapolis, USA, where he provides expert advice on the design of mechanically stabilised earth structures such as slopes and walls. Robert has had a long spanning career in both national and international positions in engineering and marketing. His work with well-known firms and brands include; Keystone Retaining Wall Systems, Tensar Earth Technologies, and CRS Sirrine (a No. 1 Design/Build Firm). Robert brings a wealth of knowledge from career projects that have included nuclear and fossil power plants, industrial plants, dams, deep foundations, slope stability, MSE walls and slopes and GREEN solutions.

Over the past 20 years Robert has worked with new technologies that have developed into successful ventures changing the industry standards for civil engineering. Highlights include Tensar Earth Technologies, which grew from a start-up company with a new product to over a $350M firm; and Keystone Retaining Walls., which were developed and marketed modular block retaining walls and helped grow an industry with over $6Bil sales.

Dr Weimin Deng CPEng FIEAust
Technical Director | Aurecon

Dr Weimin Deng is currently a Technical Director with Aurecon in Sydney. He is an experienced geotechnical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in ground engineering in Australia, the Middle East and East Asia. Weimin’s technical expertise covers geotechnical appraisal, design and construction supervision in a variety of soil and rock conditions including very soft marine soils and karstic limestones. He has extensive design and site experience of braced excavations and tunnels, retaining structures, deep foundations and embankments on soft ground.
With a strong Design and Construct background, Weimin has led geotechnical design input to numerous high profile and award-winning infrastructure projects around the world including Barangaroo Headland Park, various sections of Shatin to Central Link and Express Rail Link in Hong Kong, and the Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines in the Middle East. More recently he has been involved with the Northconnex and Westconnecx projects in Sydney, and West Gate project in Melbourne. He is currently the Ground Engineering Design Lead for the Sydney Metro Central Station project, one of the most challenging sections of Sydney Metro.

Who should attend
Civil & Structural Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers, Risk and Hazards Management Engineers

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